Last week I watch the movie, "This Boy's Life", with Robert Denero, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Barkin (excuse my spelling). A very good movie with an interesting story. The reason I titled this thread "Concrete" is because that is where they made the film. In the movie there are scenes of "downtown" which I was quite surprised to see. I thought Concrete was just a gas station and a few houses along Highway 20 to Winthrop. Anyway, I decided to ride down there today to check it out and, much to my surprise, there is a town on the north side of the highway. It is an old place with a few small business, an old movie theater and a hotel. Nothing to write home about, just interesting that it is actually there. There is a large High School/Elementary School complex as well, on the south side. From talking to a local, I learned that a large percentage of the concrete that was manufactured there was used in the building of the Hoover Dam. Now, the industry is primarily logging.
I had lunch at a cool little restaurant on the highway right where you turn into town. A retro cafe where they play 50's music and serve really good hamburgers and fries. Really good! So if you happen to be riding to Winthrop and want a good coffee and a burger, you might want to forgo Sedro-Woolley and have lunch at Concrete. Imagine, when people ask you where you had lunch, your reply is "Concrete". Where the hell is "Concrete"?
It was cold heading east toward the mountains but thanks to my electric vest I was comfortable enough. The Pass is closed due to winter conditions I gather.